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Monday, September 20, 2021

Swati Parashar


Swati Parashar is Associate Professor in Peace and Development Research, Gothenburg University, Sweden. She tweets @swatipash.

Nobel Peace prize to World Food Programme recognises hunger as violation of human rights
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Amidst all the media attention to the exceptional violence of wars, terrorism and genocides, we tend to forget the millions of hunger victims who die in a slower, less spectacular form of violence. Hunger is not inevitable: It is man-made and there are victims and perpetrators.

Supreme Court order on coparcenary rights is enormously welcome
Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Even as we welcome the court decision, we remain sceptical about its implementation and its actual benefits to women. An overhaul of social attitudes and simplification of litigation processes will be necessary.

Mohammed Rafi: The finest of the bygone era
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Mohammed Rafi will remain the voice of India, but his songs belong to the entire world that embraced him and to all those who are filled with hope and optimism for the future, whenever they listen to his melodies.

‘Adi Darshan’: The only way to save the planet
Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Our survival will depend on whether we are able to abandon our mainstreaming impulses and learn from our Adivasi communities, with genuine humility and in the spirit of reconciliation.

Gopaldas ‘Neeraj’: The Romantic Rebel 
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

Neeraj was born as Gopaldas Saxena, in the village of Puravali, in Etawah district in Uttar Pradesh, on 4 January 1925 and went onto to become one of the greatest Hindi poets of all genres of poetry.

This is a war on women
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

In case it has gone unnoticed, there is a familiar pattern in these ‘well-known’ or ‘high-profile’ rapes and murders that have received more media attention than the others... they could all have survived the murderous attacks after the rape, had they accepted their fate.

Why Zaira Wasim’s actions have far reaching consequences for young Muslim women
Thu, Jul 18, 2019

What makes Zaira Wasim’s case different is the very lengthy confessional style explanatory letter which she shared through her Instagram account outlining her decision to quit her profession, which she argues, enabled an ‘environment that damaged her peace, iman and her relationship with Allah.’

Don’t blame the mandate
Fri, May 31, 2019

Doordarshan can hardly influence voting, people’s aspirations have changed.

Why are children’s bodies battlefields of communal and family wars?
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

Children’s bodies are ‘feminised’ the same way as women’s bodies are. Bodies become frontlines where men fight their wars, bond through gangrapes and communicate messages of hatred towards other communities.

Patthalgarhi challenges the Republic in its own backyard
Sun, Apr 08, 2018

This is a challenge to the state in the form of nonviolent resistance, but also an opportunity to rethink the exclusive development model

The ‘Gharwapasi’ of Padma Bhushan Father Camille Bulcke
Sat, Mar 17, 2018

In a state where religious conversion has always been a highly sensitive and contentious issue and anti-conversion laws have been introduced by the government; people of all religions attended the ceremonial reburial of Father Bulcke’s remains to mark his final resting place in his karmbhoomi, Jharkhand, 35 years after his death.

Development’s new ally in tribal India: Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vivaah
Thu, Mar 01, 2018

Several tribal communities have a long history of live-in relationships where couples cohabit out of wedlock and even have children. Most of these arrangements have thrived on gender equal norms where tribal women enjoy a degree of freedom and bargaining power.

The case for colonialism raises an academic furore
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

The Third World Quarterly recently carried an article by Bruce Gilley, a professor of political science in the US, which not only glorifies colonial rule but also advocates the case for recolonizing ex-colonies

Hyper masculine ire is reserved for women who dare challenge orthodoxies
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Sri Lanka has the deepest chasm and embittered relationship between media practitioners and political authorities in South Asia, but neither Pakistan or Bangladesh fare any better

Hyper masculine ire is reserved for women who dare challenge orthodoxies
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Sri Lanka has the deepest chasm and embittered relationship between media practitioners and political authorities in South Asia, but neither Pakistan or Bangladesh fare any better.

Combatants for Life: Women LTTE Cadres
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Thirty years after the India-Sri Lanka accord, the silence of former women LTTE cadres speaks volumes of their social exile and anonymity.

When women are branded as witches and brutalised
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9 is remembering that one of the most common forms of violence against tribal women is their branding as witches. These women are sometimes killed, but more than their murders it is their lives that are a relentless story of violence, abuse and terror.

Lording it over the bastion
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

In a country with unbridled displays of masculinity in politics, public life and most of all in cricket, women cricketers have not only proven that this game can be played without the vulgar aggression and sledging but that masculinity is simply overhyped. These are achievements bigger than any victory.